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Kickoff Classic XX
August 31, 2002

University of Notre Dame vs. University of Maryland

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    The 20th Annual Kickoff Classic marks the final NACDA Preseason Game. The contest will pit the Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame versus the Terrapins of the University of Maryland.

    Notre Dame finished the 2001 season at 5-6, a year after recording a 9-3 record and making its first-ever appearance in the Bowl Championship Series at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. First-Year Irish Head Coach Tyrone Willingham hopes to turn Notre Dame's fortunes around quickly, as Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen was able to do in his first season with the Terrapins in 2001. Maryland finished last season at 10-2 overall and won the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with a 7-1 record. The Terrapins completed the year ranked 10th in the ESPN/USA Today poll and 11th in the Associated Press poll.

    This will mark the second appearance for Notre Dame in the Kickoff Classic, having beaten Virginia in 1989. It is the first appearance for Maryland. The game is the first-ever match-up between the two institutions.

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